LGBTQ+ Rights in Poland; Your Voice is Needed

Vivian Nguyen 
October 23, 2020

A pride parade occurring in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Credit to Czarek Sokolowski and the Associated Press

Poland is a country located in Europe and is the home to nearly 40 million people. Currently, members of the LGBTQ+ community living there are in desperate need of help and attention. Although same-sex activity was officially made legal in 1932, people are still fighting for the right to marry and adopt children. An advocacy group that stands for LGBTQ+ rights known as ILGA-Europe has stated that out of all European Union countries, Poland is in one of the worst states when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. Though the number of people who support the community is growing, the country still holds conservative views. 

The nation promotes the mistreatment of LGBTQ+ people and does not take any measures to prevent it. Pride marches are disrupted by people yelling slurs, making  threats, burning flags, blocking the streets and by generally violent measures all throughout the country. A couple who took dangerous explosives to Pride with the intention of harming and murdering people only received a year in prison. This is due to the fact that there is no such thing as a hate-crime against LGBTQ+ people in Poland. The government does not try to hide its anti-LGBTQ+ values at all and has no shame in its treatment of their own citizens. The state of the country already makes it an unsafe environment for the LGBTQ+ community and with each day that passes, members of the community become more and more at risk. 

A map of the “LGBT-Free Zones” in Poland created by Bart Staszewski

Already, parts of the country have also implemented “LGBTQ+ Free Zones” in attempt to exclude LGBTQ+ people as well as prevent the “LGBTQ+ ideology” from “spreading”. According to a survey in 2020, more than half of the country is against same-sex couples, marriage and adoption. As the government, media and public are against the LGBTQ+ community, it has made the country unsafe for many people. People should be able to feel safe as who they are, but in Poland’s current state, it is nearly impossible for many to do so. As tension grows, higher rates of suicide and violence of members of the community surface. In order to help save lives and make change, your voice and help is needed, but to start, try learning about the issues through the links below.

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